Most of the Devon team travelled up the night before as all had an early start time on the Wednesday. A cold autumn morning greeted them on the first tees of the East and West courses but fortunately no rain and thankfully this was also the case on the second day. However, Saunton never fails to throw out a challenge and the lack of precipitation was exchanged with a tricky wind and all teams found the going hard. This was even moreso on the second day when the wind changed to a stronger easterly and this was reflected in the scores.
The first day ended with Staffordshire leading on 184 points, Warwickshire on 180 and Dorset on 178. Devon were not far behind on 172. However there was no “Miracle at Medinah” and we did not finish in the prizes. Honours went to Dorset with 349 points from Staffordshire on 348 and Warwickshire on 347. All very close, Devon finished with 327.
An excellent meal was enjoyed in the evening by all the representatives from all 13 counties and the caterers were congratulated on the presentation and speed of service. Not easy serving 150 in a short space of time. The Saunton Captain, David Barker gave the official welcome to all the visitors which was followed by the response from the Shropshire & Herefordshire Captain, Martin Statham. Martin remarked on the excellent condition of both courses and expressed everyones thanks to Colin Maw for his hard work and superb organisation. It was once again a very enjoyable and successful championship.
Colin Maw mentioned that this time was his last as event organiser and this was now being passed over to the Saunton office. This year there were 13 Counties represented and there are apparently two more that would like to join but probably the event has now reached its capacity.
Devon were represented by David Barker (Saunton Captain), Bob Webber (Vice Captain DGCs), Peter Dunstan, Phil Pascoe, John Mitchell, Ben Lynch, John Barnard, Glynn Kneebone, Mike Penlington, Steve Spicer, Brian Rice and David Lord.
Mike Badcock Captain DGCs